HIV News & Views, October 21, 2010
October 21, 2010
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Mondo Guerra Exclusive: Mondo Guerra Is Fashionably Positive
When Mondo Guerra was chosen to be on the hit reality show Project Runway, his main goal was to live out his dream of being a successful fashion designer, not to be a poster boy for HIV. But one emotional challenge compelled him to disclose on-air that he had been living with HIV for the past 10 years. In this exclusive interview, Mondo talks about living with HIV, overcoming fear and stigma, and the disclosure that was seen around the world.

Myles Brooke Davidoff: Oh My God, We Made a Person
"I had no idea how in love with him I would instantly be," Brooke Davidoff says of her newborn (and HIV-negative!) son. "To be honest I was horrified to be a parent. I had no idea what to do with a baby." In her triumphant return to, Brooke provides a blow-by-blow of her son's July arrival and an update on her first months as a mom living with HIV.

Rae Lewis-Thornton Rae Lewis-Thornton: Hold on Tight to Faith and Hope
As she watched the rescue of 33 trapped Chilean miners last week, blogger Rae Lewis-Thornton couldn't help but identify with the events she saw unfolding on her TV screen: "I was encouraged by [rescued miner] Mario. His spirit is phenomenal. He emerged from that mine as if he was at a pep rally. ... It reminded me that God has a purpose for my life and it should always be at the forefront, no matter what is going on with my health."

 Have You Visited's Bulletin Boards?
Looking to connect with others living with or affected by HIV? We've recently reorganized our bulletin board system to make it easier to find exactly the topic you're looking for. Stop in now to join the discussion or start your own! Sign-up is free, quick and easy -- and you can remain completely anonymous when you post.

what would you tell the world about hiv?

World AIDS Day 2010 Video PSA Contest If you had the chance to create your own World AIDS Day HIV awareness public service announcement (PSA), what would you say? What message would you want to get across?

Just three weeks remain to enter's World AIDS Day 2010 Video PSA Contest. If your entry wins the contest, you'll get an iPad -- and two runners-up will each get a Flip video camera! Read the rules and submit your video by Nov. 10!


 Updates From the 1st International Workshop on Aging & HIV
It may be the most talked-about issue in HIV/AIDS care today: the effect that the virus (and the meds we use to treat it) appears to have on the body's natural aging process. Researchers and advocates recently gathered in Baltimore, Md., to review the latest developments on this increasingly important issue. Long-term survivor and HIV nutrition expert Nelson Vergel reports.

 How to Read a Package Insert
Starting a new medicine? If so, donít forget to read the label insert -- it may be long and filled with medical jargon, but it includes some very important information about how to take the drug and what dangers to avoid. This fact sheet from The Well Project gives you the 411 on how to navigate the labelís content and better understand the meds that you are taking.

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Topaz (From Ohio) on "HIV and the Recession: Living Well in Tough Times"
(Comment posted Oct. 17)

"I have been off work since April on short-term disability from the company. I was receiving full pay until July when they denied my claim. I have not received any pay since. ... I don't think I should have to bargain to receive help for the delays and the mistakes made in managing our cases. I sit here in my house with no heat when the temps are 40 degrees outside, makes it about 60 in the house. Makes me just want to move to Florida and screw the meds. At least I would die warm."

Read the rest of Topaz's comment and join the discussion on this article!


Candace Y. A. Montague National Latino HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Raises a Question: Where's the Money?
"The AIDS epidemic is just as serious in the Latino community as it is in other communities in our country," writes new blogger Candace Y.A. Montague. Yet, although 17 percent of newly infected HIVers in the U.S. are Hispanic, there are still serious funding concerns for HIV prevention programs geared toward the Latino community in Washington, D.C., Montague says.

Rod McCullom The National HIV/AIDS Strategy in Black America: Will It Really Make a Difference?
Black Americans make up 12 percent of the U.S. population but account for nearly half of new HIV infections every year. How will the National HIV/AIDS Strategy resolve this? In this four-part series from the Black AIDS Institute, Rod McCullom examines the strategy and its implications for African-American communities.

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Longtime HIV Survivor Looking to Talk
(A recent post from the "Living With HIV" board)

My name is Leslie and I live in Ohio. I am married and have a 17-year-old daughter. I tested positive 21 years ago when my son was diagnosed with AIDS. Since that time I have gone through a number of emotions and stages. I would like to just talk with others who may be feeling lost and wondering what tomorrow will bring.

-- Leslie0615

Click here to join this discussion, or to start your own!

To do this, you'll need to register with's bulletin boards if you're a new user. Registration is quick and anonymous (all you need is an e-mail address) -- click here to get started!


Mark S. King Mark S. King to HIV-Negative Folks: HUGS!
"HIV-negative gay men hear a lot about what they should be doing (or not doing)," writes Mark S. King; "and not enough about what they are doing well." Well, Mark's decided to change that. In his latest video blog, Mark throws a party for HIV-negative people -- particularly gay men -- who must endure what HIVers like him never have to go through again: the stress of regular HIV testing.

Gary Paul Wright HIV Frontlines: In Newark, N.J., an HIV/AIDS Advocate Finds New Ways to Reach LGBT African Americans
Gary Paul Wright, an actor turned AIDS advocate, has been working in the HIV/AIDS field for 20 years. In the latest edition of our HIV Frontlines series, Wright talks candidly with us about his HIV education work in hard-hit Newark, N.J, why he believes gay men are not using condoms and what needs to be done to change that.

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Activist Central

 Make the AIDS Vote Count: Ask Your Candidates' Stances on Women and HIV Issues!

 Call on Peruvian Authorities for Justice in Murder of HIV/AIDS & Gay Activist

 Learn How You or Your Org Can Get Out the Vote on Nov. 2!

 Women With HIV Deserve Abortion Coverage: Tell the White House!

 Join a Facebook and Twitter Campaign to Fight NY Gov. Paterson's Rent Cap Veto!

 NIAID to Host Public Meeting on Future HIV/AIDS Research Networks

 Action Alert: Say NO to Abstinence-Only Sex Education

 President Obama: Address the ADAP Crisis!

 NMAC Asks for Your Help Ending S.B. 1070; Promoting Comprehensive Federal Immigration Reform